Blizzard brings more than 19 inches of snow to the area

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

The recent blizzard, which started Saturday and subsided Monday morning, brought more than 19 inches of snow to the Chicago area, the Chicago Tribune reported. The blizzard was Chicago's fifth largest snow storm.

Both District 97 and District 200 schools were closed Monday due to weather condition. District 90 schools had a late start.

Oak Park's emergency parking plan went into effect Feb. 1 due to severe weather.

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Don't get it  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 7:49 PM

How can an individual or a business be made to care for something owned by the village, like the PUBLIC sidewalk? Can VOP make me plow the street too?

Jeanine Pedersen from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 3:39 PM

@Carrie The several feet I referred to was caused by the fact that CVS (like the Shell Station and Chase Bank) plowed their driveways to accommodate cars. The plowing caused the snow on the sidewalks to pile up several feet. Great for sledding, but not so great to walk on. But, yes you are absolutely correct, only 18 inches fell. I apologize if my writing made it sound otherwise.


Posted: February 3rd, 2015 3:08 PM

According to the Tribune, our official total in Oak Park was 18 inches

Violet Aura  

Posted: February 3rd, 2015 10:23 AM

@Jeanine: I know! Even Washington Blvd. in RF by Park is pretty gnarly. And the sidewalks right there must be park of the park district because there are a couple of small parks to Forest and the sidewalks are totally piled with snow. I find it irksome that cars are given top priority when in this weather it's better to walk anyhow. What are pedestrians supposed to do--walk on busy streets like Lake and Washington?

Jeanine Pedersen from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: February 2nd, 2015 6:26 PM

I know there are several feet in front of the CVS Store at the corner of Madison and Ridgeland, which as usual they refuse to clear. Never mind the Longfellow and Julian kids trying to get to school or the adults trying to get to the el. all of whom have to walk in the street. Village ordinance says they'll get fined, but apparently the fine isn't large enough for them to be bothered to meet their legal obligation in a timely manner. Many parents have contacted the Village and CVS regarding this but nothing happens and tomorrow morning we'll all have to hope no one gets hit by a car. If CVS can get their parking lot and pharmacy drive-through plowed out before 8 am, why can't they take care of the public walkways as they are legally required to do?

More Details, Por Favor  

Posted: February 2nd, 2015 6:18 PM

Does anyone know the official total in OPRF? I saw the Melrose Park supposedly got 12 or 14 inches but I am not even sure if that was a final number. I was surprised at how many business sidewalks were not shoveled, For instance, on Central in front of the RF Post Office. I wonder if it was even open today...And in front of the RF Jewel on Lake St. it was not shoveled all the way down the block. The RF and FP libraries were closed today. That surprised me...

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